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The Windsor Essex Region . . .“Where Canada Begins”

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Photographed at the Windsor Essex booth at the “AutoMobili-D” Exhibit, from left (seated): Yvonne Pilon, President & CEO of WEtech Alliance; K.W. Michael Siu, Vice President, Research at the University of Windsor; Wendy Stark, WE EDC Manager, Business Retention and Expansion. (Standing): Ed Dawson, WE EDC Mobility Analyst; Heather Pratt, Executive Director, Research and Development at the University of Windsor, Office of Research and Innovation Services; Tina Suntres, Innovation Administration Coordinator, Office of Research and Innovation Services at the University of Windsor and Susan Anzolin, Executive Director, Institute for Border Logistics and Security. Photo by Rod Denis.

The Windsor Essex Region . . .“Where Canada Begins”

I cannot think of a better way to kick start our annual auto show review coverage than with a quick article explaining how area organizations collaborated on a common goal to build awareness of Windsor Essex as a premier location for mobility innovation. They also showcased the cluster of automation and technological advancements available to the automotive sector in the region.

Several key organizations from Windsor Essex recently partnered to form a significant presence during press and industry days at the “North American International Auto Show” (NAIAS) from January 14 to January 17, 2019.

The WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation (WE EDC), the University of Windsor, St. Clair College and WEtech Alliance were on hand with their teams to host the “Windsor Essex — Where Canada Begins” booth at the “AutoMobili-D” Exhibit.

“The four organizations are all working together to better support the Windsor Essex region,” states Susan Anzolin, Executive Director for the Institute for Border Logistics and Security (a WE EDC department). She adds, “Together we can really achieve a lot more.”

Over four days, partners networked extensively with C-level executives of major mobility OEMs and bolstered the region’s reputation amongst growing mobility tech companies.

The strategic design elements of the “Where Canada Begins” exhibit promoted the region’s assets and highlighted our strategic locale situated within North America’s automation and innovation corridors. Using curated graphics and videos, the region’s great quality of life, access to global talent, and a strong and stable economic base, were shared with NAIAS attendees.

The Windsor Mayor, Drew Dilkens and Essex County Warden and Mayor of Tecumseh, Gary McNamara, were also in attendance (along with the group in the accompanying photo).

This provided them with the opportunity to see and meet with stakeholders and the 60 start-ups from around the world featured at “AutoMobili-D,” which highlighted innovative technologies, from artificial intelligence and machine learning to autonomous and connected platforms, as well as infrastructure communications and security applications.

“NAIAS attracts the highest concentration of global industry leaders to the City of Detroit and is the perfect backdrop to showcase the creativity and innovation happening in the Windsor-Detroit region,” says Dilkens. “The strength of our shared history in automotive positions us well for the future and we are excited share our story with global leaders at the 2019 NAIAS.”
Great work everyone, let’s hope this effort pays off in the long run!

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Deborah Jones
Deborah Jones – Publisher of Biz X Magazine Deborah Jones graduated from the University of Windsor with an Honours Degree in Communication Studies and was employed at two other local magazines shortly after for a few years learning all she could about writing, advertising, public relations and more. She made the jump in 1998 to go out on her own to publish Biz X magazine and has worked in the publishing industry since 1990. In 2007, she earned the “Entrepreneur of the Year” award from the Windsor & District Chamber of Commerce. To date, she is the ONLY woman so far to receive this award. In 2013, she received one of the first “Windsor Women of the Year” awards from the Ladies Exclusive Alliance. Her most recent achievement is a “2016 Vocational Service Award” from the Rotary Club of Windsor Roseland. Deborah is proud to live in Windsor and truly cares about each and every business and strives to make Windsor Essex the best place to live, work and play.